Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Conner
Born: 21 July 1915
Bio Notes: James Conner was born on 21 July 1915. He trained in the office of Thomas Scott Sutherland from 1933-36 while at the same time attending evening classes at Aberdeen School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College. He studied full time at the college from 1936-39. In 1937 he spent two months in the office of Leslie Grahame Thomson in Edinburgh and in 1938 a further two months in JAO Allan's office in Aberdeen. That year he also spent a month travelling in Italy as a result of having been awarded a travelling scholarship. In 1939 he was awarded the Rutland Prize which enabled him to spend three weeks travelling in Holland.

He was admitted ARIBA in 1940, proposed by Thomas Scott Sutherland, R Leslie Rollo and JAO Allan. He appears to have returned to Robert Gordon's as a lecturer in architecture by at least 1950. He studied for and was awarded a Phd at some point. By 1958 he had moved to a post in the Department of Architecture in the University of New South Wales, Australia. He registered as an architect with the New South Wales Board of Architects in 1958. He joined the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 1962 and was elevated to Fellow in 1972.

He would appear to have retired by the late 1970s.

There is no record of him after 2010 in which year he may have died.

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Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 49, Barclay Road, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate1940 *  
Item 2 of 4Robert Gordon's College 1950 *  
Item 3 of 4University of New South Wales, PO Box 1, Kensington, New South Wales, AustraliaBusinessEarly 19631970s 
Item 4 of 49, Carruthers Drive, Dolls Point, New South Wales, AustraliaPrivate1970sAfter 1979 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3T Scott Sutherland19331936Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)1937 Assistant 
Item 3 of 3John Alexander Ogg Allan1938 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Alexander Ogg Allan12 March 1940For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo12 March 1940For Associateship
Item 3 of 3T Scott Sutherland12 March 1940For Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1979Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Anne Higham, Australian Institute of ArchitectsAIA Architects' database  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 7482 (Combined Box 192)